Green tea is known to help with weight loss. However, many diet supplements with stimulants, even tea-based, can cause some pretty nasty side effects like rapid heart rate and dehydration. Also, if you have any cardiac, kidney, or bladder concerns you can’t use those products. This greatly limits users because many people who need help losing weight have diagnoses such as high blood pressure.
Also, not many people function well when they feel jittery. Total Life Changes has worked to create a product that doesn’t have stimulants, but still offers the health benefits you are looking for. But will it help you?
Total Life Changes offers a variety of products. They have a skin care line, coffees, and teas/supplements. This article will focus on the Iaso tea.
Iaso tea is meant to be a cleanse for your body. It is important to remember that your liver and kidneys are always cleansing your body, so you don’t need to take a product for that purpose. However, it seems that they use the word cleanse to try to describe what the product does do, which is about the closest thing you can get to a supplement induced “cleanse”.
The product only contains 9 ingredients: persimmon leaves, holy thistle, malva leaves, marsh mallow, blessed thistle, papaya leaves, myrrh, chamomile, and ginger.
Persimmon leaves have been shown to reduce stress and therefore blood pressure. It has virtually no side effects, unless you are one of the unlucky few who are allergic to it. This may not be a typical approach to weight loss, but stress plays a major role in weight gain.
When you are chronically stressed, the results are even worse because your body will start to grow fat around your abdominal organs (this is often seen in men when you can still see their ab muscles, but they are clearly larger). Not only is this fat more difficult to lose, it is much more deadly. So reducing your stress can be helpful for keeping you fit and healthy.
Holy thistle and blessed thistle are actually the same plant, although they may delineate because they use different parts of the plant. Regardless, they work the same way. This product is used for indigestion and bacterial infections. This may not seem to help your weight loss, but it may inadvertently do so.
Feeling sick or contracting an illness can definitely derail your diet and exercise regimen. It’s important to keep yourself as healthy as possible in general, too. After all, that’s what we are all chasing after. However, you cannot use this ingredient with antacids. It should be noted here that antacids that lower stomach pH will lead to increased stomach acidity, so although one Tums might help you for a moment, in the long run it doesn’t help your stomach. Holy thistle/blessed thistle can be a better alternative (or try ginger instead, which is consequently an ingredient in this tea).
Malva is an interesting ingredient because it shows some promising benefits, but it’s still being studied to assure that it actually provides these benefits. In some studies, malva has been shown to help with autoimmune disorders and chronic inflammation. It does this by stimulating white blood cells to work in a more effective manner. In one study it was even shown to have anticancer benefits.
Many of us actually have cancer cells in our body, but our immune system eliminates them and filters them out through our lymph system. So any product that may help with this process is good. Especially since malva hasn’t been found to have any side effects.
Marsh mallow is typically used for pain and inflammation. It is particularly effective in mucus membranes like those found in your respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract, and it helps with urinary inflammation. This is interesting because it does the complete opposite of what most supplements do.
Caffeine is a major bladder irritant that can lead to urinary tract infects and potential inflammation of your gastrointestinal tract. By adding this ingredient, Total Life Changes are trying to create a product that solves the problems of other diet supplements. The only downside is that it may lower blood sugar, which can make this ta unsafe for those with diabetes. Also, it interacts with lithium, which is a medication for bipolar disorder.
Papaya leaves are another potential cancer-fighting ingredient. A study found that papaya leaves reduced inflammation, reduced tumor cell growth, and increased the immune’s system response to the tumor. The only downside is that some people are allergic to them. Otherwise, papaya leaves have not been shown to have side effects.
Myrrh is traditionally used for indigestion and to ward off typical ailments such as colds and flus. Again, this can still be helpful for your weight loss, particularly during winter months when these viruses are running rampant. However, it may cause you to experience some diarrhea and it can’t be used safely with blood thinners. Otherwise, it does not have any adverse side effects.
Chamomile is well-known for its calming effects. Again, lowering your stress can help you lose weight and keep you from gaining it. Not to mention, stress does other horrible things to your body anyway (makes you more susceptible to illness, decreases the quality of your sleep, etc.).
Ginger is often recommended for upset stomach. On your journey to health, you may be trying new foods. Many healthy foods such as fruits and veggies are often high in acid which can initially bother your stomach. The ginger in Iaso tea should help eliminate this barrier.
So even though no product will truly ever cleanse your body, Iaso tea can help boost your immune system so that it can respond effectively to attacks. It also helps to reduce inflammation while alleviating stress. So it may not be ridding your body of traditional toxins, it is eliminating many of the potential barriers to your success.
How to Use It
No matter how beneficial a product may be, it always comes down to convenience. Total Life Changes actually recommends making the product ahead of time because you can store it in the fridge. You simply make one gallon using two tea bags (you can use an empty milk jug to store it).
You’ll then drink one glass with lunch and one glass with dinner. You may also opt to drink ½ glass with your daily snack. Obviously, you’ll need to enjoy the taste to make this work. So you may want to buy the two tea bag trial pack first before investing more money.
Total Life Changes is a good company, and it is rare to say that. They do have distributors, which is a turn off for some users. But even with financial goals, their main focus is on helping others. Believe it or not, some companies do come right out and tell you it’s all about money- especially, if they are trying to recruit distributors. But it’s not only their words that demonstrate their commitment to their clients.
They fund their own research on their products. They readily share their nutrition labels and ingredients list. They also listen to the concerns of their users and make changes. For instance, they just upgraded to more eco-friendly packaging. Also, they make products that are focused on health. They are not trying to sell you unsafe quick fixes. In fact, they use ingredients to try to combat common complaints with similar products (e.g. soothing the bladder rather than irritating it). You really can’t ask more from a diet supplement company.
There are many different reviews for Iaso tea. We chose the one that had the most reviewers- 101 to be exact. The overall rating was 3.5 out of 5 stars. 48% of users gave the product a 5 out of 5 stars, 9% gave 4, 10% gave 3, 5% gave 2, and 28% gave 1 star. The main complaint of the 2- and 1-star reviewers was that they only received one tea bag when they had ordered two.
This is most likely an issue with the Amazon seller, so bypass this potential by going directly through Total Life Changes. Another complaint was the price. The two-bag trial is fairly expensive at ~$5 for two tea bags (1 gallon of tea). The price decreases rapidly when you buy it in bulk. For instance, a 1-month supple costs about $45. Considering what high quality teas costs, this is a bargain.
We give Iaso tea a 4.5 out of 5 stars. We reserve the last .5 because some users may experience allergic reactions to two of the ingredients (diarrhea). Also, people who have diabetes or are taking blood thinners should not take it. Otherwise, it is a great product. It may not be the quick weight loss fix that you are looking for, but it is a great product for your health.
Stress is a major barrier to weight loss and health, as is getting sick. Iaso tea tries to keep you in optimal health by limiting the barriers you’ll have to face in reaching your goals. It’s also convenient and doesn’t require a huge time commitment. Overall, if you’re looking to invest in your health, Iaso tea could be the product for you.
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Amanda is a gym instructor and a diet and nutrition fanatic that has reviewed 100s of supplements for the benefit of consumers. She struggled with obesity 7 years ago and after losing more than 30lbs, dedicates most of her time in helping others achieve similar results and transform their lives.